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even christmas going gangnam style. ♪ >> all right. this guy, the owner of the house in texas just moved, just moved into the neighborhood and you can bet he's making an impression with his neighbors. he programmed thousands of lights to sync to the song. the display uses led lights so the show costs him about 15 bucks for all of december. i don't know about you, brooke. he would not be my neighbor for much longer. >> that's serious love for psy right there, suzanne malveaux. thank you for that. that is officially stuck in my head for the rest of i tthe day. the united states senate is just about to convene post election lame duck session and talk about lame, if the senate doesn't act here, if the house doesn't act, if the president doesn't act, in unison, your taxes are going up come january 1st to help raise revenue to pay down the national debt.
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stay with me here for a moment because we'll show you exactly, you know, how much your taxes will be rising. but here's the thing. it doesn't have to happen, this predetermined jump in income taxes and the new parlor game on capitol hill is to pick the next republican, follow me here who is willing to break a no tax pledge made to a very powerful lobbyist, in order to cut a deal with the democrats to focus the pain of new taxes on the wealthy. see this picture? see these three guys. here is yet another republican speaking just this morning. >> i'm not obligated on the pledge. i made tennesseans aware i was just elected that the only thing i'm honoring is the oath that i take when i serve when i'm sworn in this january. >> so republican senator bob corker is saying his oath of office trumps any no tax pledge made to washington lobbyist grover nor quist. republican saxby chambliss says he cares more about america and the fiscal mess we're in than he
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does his pledge to grover norquist. he's ready to deal with democrats who want to raise the tax rate of the richest 2%, but ep everyone else pretty much the same. again, the deadline is january 1st. no deal in washington and we'll all be looking at increased taxes, just as holiday expenses come due. let me bring in my guest here to talk us through all the possible scenarios, bob cusack, good to have you back on the show, managing editor of "the d.c. journal the hill." let's do a little refresher. who is grover norquist, talk to me about this pledge. it is not just about raising taxes, is it not? >> it is not just about raising taxes. this is a pledge that is spearheaded by activist grover norquist, a popular figure on the right and he basically is -- most members but not all members of congress on the republican side to sign this pledge which basically says they're not going to increase tax rates and also if they close deductions they
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would use that money to lower taxes in another area. after seeing republicans break, where they're saying, listen, we're willing to close tax loopholes to reduce the deficit, now we haven't yet seen that from congressional republican leaders, but we obviously are seeing it from prominent republicans you showed including senator graham and senator bob corker. >> question about two of those gentlemen here in a moment. cnn this morning talked to grover norquist, incumbents dare to break this pledge, dare to vote to raise taxes. the question was will he do it again? here's norquist. >> we would certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn't, but the point is historically the people who lose do so because the people in their state have figured that out. >> back to, i think, where you were going a moment ago, bob, it is interesting that when you look at the top two, two of the top republican senators we're talking about who are flirting
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to break this pledge, break with grover norquist and consider raising taxes on the wealthy they both face re-election in 2014. i'm talking about saxby chambliss and south carolina's lindsey graham. does that say to you that the political winds could be shifting a bit here? >> i think so. i mean, to have these two senators who, you know, for the last year or so, even before the 2012 election, people were talking about a possible primary challenge, and to have chambliss and graham both go out front and say listen, the pledge isn't that important to me, that is -- that could, number one, trigger a primary contest and, remember, republicans have eaten -- dick lugar lost an election -- a primary election. senator snowe retired because she was fearing one. >> let me pause on my thought. let's listen to more of grover norquist. >> no pledge taker has voted for a tax increase. they have had some people discussing impure thoughts on national television.
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however, even lindsey graham, if you listen to him, he would support higher taxes if it was used to pay down the debt. of course, it won't be. it would be spent. if he got, you know, 10 to 1 rarb ratios on entitlement reform. i had long conversations with lindsey graham and he said i would raise taxes if -- and he lists this incredible lift ofkc reforms that they would never give to him and i said, senator, you're offering to trade a tax increase for a pink unicorn that doesn't exist. >> okay, pink unicorns? can you -- you want to take a shot at translating that for me, bob, please? >> well, i do think that grover has a point in that republicans are just not going to go along with increased taxes, unless they get something in return. and they want significant entitlement reform. and this is something that i -- especially on social security, we have seen senate majority leader harry reid said let's not mess with social security, signals from the white house
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indicating they're not going to touchdown social security, maybe medicare, medicaid, but not social security and republicans will say, wait a minute, you're not serious. we're giving ground on revenue, you got to give ground on spending. and, brooke, i think the biggest thing here is that this bill, if they get a bill, is going to be so unpopular because it is going to raise taxes and it is going to cut benefits and getting the votes to pass this is going to be enormously difficult. >> you bring up the benefits issue. let me run through this, because it brings us back to the possibility of no deal whatsoever. again, on the automatic tax increases come january 1. we're talking about a lot of stuff here. the bush era tax cuts expire. as does the president's so-called payroll tax holiday on social security deductions, follow along with me, the so-called marriage penalty returns full force, you also have extended unemployment set to expire here. and the child tax credit drops by half. capital gains go up. bob, today, you know, the white house is warning that this could have a crushing impact on the u.s. economy. what are they saying about this? >> well, that's the problem for
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policymakers. i do think both republicans and democrats they want a deal. leaders want a deal because this really could be an economic catastrophe. i mean, that's what something that ben bernanke warned repeatedly. put politics aside for a little bit and try to get a deal. but both sides want to get the best deal possible and you're in the going to see any deal anytime soon because we have until january 1st. >> so you're saying they're going to wait until the last second. >> last second, up to christmas, if not new year's. this week when congress comes back and into next week, you see jockeying for leverage. that's what's going to happen. no major deal is going to reach -- be reached much before christmas if there is a deal. >> no plan for bob cusack celebrating the new year. you'll be on the hill waiting for a deal. we'll continue the conference. i appreciate it. switching gears, just into us at cnn, new damage estimates from superstorm sandy. to alison kosik live for us in new york at the stock exchange. what are you learning? >> what are we learning?
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gosh, what we learned that sandy did quite a number on new york city, and now the damage estimates are tallied up and new york city's mayor michael bloomberg is asking the federal government for $9.8 billion, with a b, $9.8 billion to help in the recovery. follow me here. that's after starting with the city's total public and private losses which were estimated at $19 billion, and then you break that out, so about $4 billion was covered by private insurers, about $5 billion expected to come from fema and then come up with the $9.8 billion figure which is just part of the $30 billion aid package that new york governor andrew cuomo has requested. what mayor bloomberg has done, brooke, he sent a letter to the members of the new york state congressional delegation asking for this money, saying, new york city will struggle to recover in the long-term unless this money -- this federal funding is given. >> was he being specific as far as where in the city the money needs to go the most? >> yeah, you look at the letter,
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what bloomberg is essentially saying is that, look, tens of thousands of people in new york city were displaced. the city of new york suffered extensive damage. new york city needs the money to repair damage. and take care of expenses from city agencies. he says, listen to this, $800 million is needed just for street reconstruction. $800 million in damage. he says the money would also go toward getting small businesses that were damaged up and running again. sandy caused a loss of $6 billion in business that just wasn't done in new york city during the storm and during the recovery. so he's trying to get help for the small businesses as well. he also talked about significant local expenses that aren't covered by fema including new housing and upgrades that would restore and protect the shore. so asking for a lot of money, but apparently a lot of money that is needed. >> so sad how many people are still reeling from that disaster. >> it is. it is amazing. >> alison kosik, thank you. and it is not just any money, monday, it is cybermonday. and i know it seems obsolete, you know, since so much of us
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shop online, so much of the time, but go with me here. because you get to avoid this. maybe you were in the midst of this, something like this, that played out across stores across the country friday on to the weekend, ugliness of the holiday rush. some of the worst of which we saw over the weekend when 247 million people went shopping. 247 million. that's according to the national retail federation, but there are incredible deals to be had, alls your with the click of a mouse. projections are there will be a colossal amount of clicking. industry analyst calm score predicts cybermonday scores will run as high as $1.5 billion, the highest online spending day of the entire year. let's go to tech reporter laurie siegel. we're talking about that this morning in our editorialmeeting
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is cybermonday obsolete? >> we shop all the time online. so why is today really that different? but i spoke with one analyst and he said, laurie, today, cybermonday, is a super bowl of online shopping. it really is the day. he said that, you know, all signs point to that being the case today. that being said, you know, the nature of the holiday has changed. cybermonday used to be where we came into our office, first time we had access to high speed internet, and that's completely changed. now we have smartphones, tablets, high speed internet at home. so the deals are coming a little bit earlier. but the number of people that are actually going to use their smartphones to shop today, that's a pretty eye opening number. we take a look at these numbers, brooke, the shoppers planning to use their smartphones today, 20.4 million people planning to use their smartphones, that's up 14.4% from 2011. where the number was at 17.8 million. and 2009, huge leap from there with 3.6 million people using their smartphones to shop. i think it is safe to say that people are still going to spend
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a lot of money online today, but they might do it in a twha is not completely traditional at their computer. they might be using their smartphones, but will this affect the economy? that number, that $1.5 billion, that dollar projection, that's definitely a significant number. i think we're going to have to wait and see. you know, stores, they say they can make up to 40% of their annual sales in november and december. i think it will be kind of number that is significant, but we're going to have to wait for the holiday season to roll out and see if people are spending money online. >> i know you have the apps on the phone to hunt down the best deals. which are the apps we have to have? >> have plenty of these. we went out in new york city and tested them. we have red laser. i looked for a furby using this. it showed me all the furbys nearby in the area. that's black friday, it takes all the maj rear tailers, they put out their deals there and you can use it, you can purchase
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online, you can go in the store and buy -- there is several different apps that are allowing you to combine this online/offline experience. you looked at one called snap tell. you can take different pictures of dvds and this is in-store and will show you nearby if you can get a cheaper deal or go online and get a cheaper deal. this is a huge trend we're seeing this year, combination of a offline and online. you'll have a lot of receipts if you're shopping during the holidays, so this digitally stores all of them. you can use it as a second wallet. >> that's smart. tough to keep them all together. i'm horrible at keeping together -- laurie segal, thank you very much for us in new york on all things shopping. still ahead, nasa sending an astronaut to space for an entire year. you're probably going to recognize the guy who is making history. plus, images of unspeakable horror. children killed by a bomb while just playing outside. you'll hear cnn's reporting as the crisis continues in syria.
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activists. those activists say these pictures show a syrian government air strike that killed 10 children as they were just out playing outdoors. the story from cnn's nick payton walsh. please, quick warning, shows graphic video, the aftermath of that air raid on a village just outside of damascus. >> reporter: these disturbing images show what happens after a children's playground is hit, according to activists by a cluster bomb. refugees with nowhere else to hide, apparently hit by a single deadly device dropped by a jet. some cluster bombs released smaller explosives to cause maximum devastation against softer targets. what do these children have to do with anything, bashar, yells one man. at least ten children killed according to activists who said they found the remains of the bomb around the tiny village. cnn can't verify these pictures
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or claims cluster bombs were used, though human rights watch say activists images from the scene show cluster munitions. but activists say civil jaians e been hit before like the capture sunday of this important air base not far away. >> there is no logic at all attacking such a small village. this is what you got from us? look what we're going to do? >> reporter: the injuries to these children horrific, no matter what the device used. the toll on the youngest and easiest to kill constant and unspeakable. nick payton walsh, cnn, beirut. >> it is tough to look at, but jim clancy, cnn international, we have to talk about it. when i read about that yesterday, ten children, all under the age of 15, is this just the height of desperation? >> you know, it's -- it draws
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mixed questions, what is happening in syria? i knew -- i went to syria a lot. this is a remarkable civilization, we call it that, the people of syria were wonderful. and above all, like all, you know, enclaves of humanity, they cared about their children more than anything else. and here we have got 20 months of conflict and the regime, yes, it has been bombing, the rebels, its own people, there has been no negotiation and now an incident where so many people were killed, all at one time. children were targeted throughout this whole mess. they died. we don't know the particulars in this case, but it shows how desperate the regime is to preserve its own power and how that is going to be reflected in the equal desperation and determination of the rebels to oust this regime. >> you mentioned the rebels, i feel like a lot of americans have been sort of turned and paying more attention in the last week to what has been happening between gauze why and israel and playing out in egypt.
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bring us up to speed. the rebels made some advancements. >> the rebels have scored some successes. they have captured a couple of rather small but still significant military installations, one little air base, they got a tank out of it, they destroyed a couple of helicopters, destroyed another couple of tanks that was seen -- because it was very close to damascus, seen as a major victory for them. moreover, moreover they changed their strategy. their strategy of trying to go into a major city, take it, and hold it. and they get pulverized in bombing campaigns that took so much of a toll on the civilian population. going right after the military, the military centers in and doing so, they're gaining arms. and expertise. there are more people that are joining them, the syrian military still a formidable force and the rebels probably not a match for them toe to toe but gaining strength. >> we know the geography, turkey to the north, turkey considering
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putting missiles on the border now? >> they're asking nato to consider it. they're sending an advance team to look at the situation, saying it would only be used defensively. but i see this conflict in some ways migrating towards turkey. today we had thousands of people -- >> last thing turkey wants. >> well, know, it is what is happening because some of the aid for the rebels is coming through there. they now have bases with these patriot missile batteries used to protect the rebel bases there inside syria, but on the border with turkey. got the russians with a warship in the mediterranean. the u.s. has warships in the mediterranean. all of this says to us that this situation is coming to a peak or least our military and intelligence leaders think it is coming to a peak. you have two task forces there and both of them are saying, the americans are saying we are doing this in case we have to evacuate our civilians and the russians are saying exactly the same thing. >> something has to happen. jim clancy, thank you. he was on the run for 14 years. until now. how the feds just caught one of america's most wanted fugitives.
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you may not recognize his name, but jose luis saenz is accused of some pretty horrible crimes. right now saenz is finally behind bars after eluding arrest since 1998. he is the suspect in four murders in l.a. and he made it to the fbi's ten most wanted list. he was nabbed thanksgiving day in guadalajara, mexico. federal authorities held a news conference. take a listen. >> catching a top ten fugitive in the fbi is a big deal. that's something that all of our fbi agents aspire to do, so for the folks back behind me to have the opportunity to be involved in that is really a big thing and i told them i wanted them to share in this press conference. >> here's one of the crimes saenz is accused of. the kidnapping, rape and murder of his own child's mother. fbi says she threatened to turn saenz in for two murders he's accused of committing in 1998. the fed says his latest job was
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at a hired gun for the drug cartels. in the streets of egypt today, scenes just like this one. two sides clashing over president mohamed morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. the violent protests played out behind closed doors, morsi met with egypt's top judges to explain his move. these are the same judges who are now banned from overturning any decision he makes until a new constitution is finalized. israel, a country in the midst of very fragile cease-fire with hamas, and now also its own political upheaval, long time israeli defense minister ehud barak making the surprise announcement he's quitting. he says he wants to spend more time with his family and make room for new political figures. here he was. >> translator: i feel it is important that other people should take leading positions in israel. change is in the positions of power is a good thing. there are many ways to contribute to society and the
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and thinking he looks familiar, you're right. he is the identical twin brother of astronaut and shuttle commander mark kelly. of course, you remember him, husband of former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords. mark kelly retired from nasa last year. so chad myers, we wanted to talk about this, because to go into space, just first what is the mission, why do this? >> because we only had one person in space longer than where they're going to be. we don't actually know what is going to happen to these men for that length of time without gravity. >> you mean with regard to just their bodys? >> their bodies. you get a puffy face burden leg syndrome because when you're on the planet, all the blood wants to drain from your face back to your heart. when there is no draining because there is no gravity, it all kind of stays -- and you get a little cheeky. then your legs actually -- >> marlon brando, godfather for a minute. i digress. >> your legs get smaller. they want to know what happens if it is a year or more. >> the reason they're doing it,
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i hopped on, because i know we talk about asteroids, talk about going to mars, like eight months just to get to mars. so might this be a -- preparing ourselves hopefully for heading to one of those places? >> without a doubt. you're the number one candidate, by the way. >> i'm the number one kepcandid, as long as you'll tag team with me. effects on the body, not actually the longest -- the longest guy was on mir. >> 438 days. why -- >> you're a little nonplussed over the space geeking out today. >> there is the guinness book of world records. not the guinness book of u.s. records. not as big of a book. the word record is 438 days. we're not breaking new record, but we are getting big data. it is nausea. it is your inner ears won't work, your eyes become out of shape, don't see quite as well when you're in space that long. they have to know if we're going to go eight months out, eight months back, what will happen to
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yasser arafat's body is set to be exhumed tomorrow. palestinian officials hope to determine whether someone poisoned the former leader, who is the face of palestine and its people's struggles for four decades. cnn's fred pleitgen has more on the mystery surrounding yasser arafat's death. >> reporter: even eight years after yasser arafat's death, the circumstances remain a mystery. was the palestinian leader poisoned? a team of international scientists will try to find clues, working behind this blue tarp, exhuming arafat's body and taking samples for forensic analysis. i consider it a painful necessity, the lead investigator says. this is necessary to reach the truth in the death of president yasser arafat. arafat died in 2004 after a short and severe illness. doctors were never able to determine the cause of death. even as his body was laid to rest, rumors began to circulate yasser arafat might have been
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murdered. a recent investigation found traces of the radioactive substance polonium, which has been used in assassination attempts in past, on some of the palestinian leaders' belongings. french authorities have launched a murder probe. now experts from france, switzerland and russia will examine arafat's remains, also looking for a possible polonium concentration. the exhumation process will only take a few hours. the samples will then be independently analyzed in labs in russia, switzerland and france and it is unclear when first results will be made public. in his lifetime, and even after his death, yasser arafat remains a towering figure for palestinians. but despite wanting to know the circumstances behind his illness, not everyone agrees with the exhumation. i don't support the exhumation process, this man says, because the opening of the grave is disrespectful and insulting. >> i have no objection to exhuming him as long as it is done by professionals, and in
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full respect of the leader. >> reporter: of course i am against it, he says, it is insulting to the martyr and to the palestinian people. the palestinian authority has accused i ed israel of being be any poisoning of arafat, a claim the government refuses to comment on. it is not clear if polonium can still be chase tratraced on his eight years after his death. but if heightened levels are found, the next question for investigators would then be who was behind yasser arafat's death. fred pleitgen, cnn, ramallah. the fiscal cliff as it gets closer and closer, many beginning to worry about the retirement accounts. details on why some experts say your 401(k) savings could end up falling off the cliff as well. if you are one of the millions of men who have used androgel 1%, there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low testosterone. androgel 1.62%
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savings. take a look at this facebook page with me. it was put together by a group of professionals that services retirement plans. they're reaching out, all across social media, they're on twitter, they're on linked in, their message, contact congress and tell lawmakers to keep their hands off your 401(k) bill. alison kosik. let me bring you back in to talk about this. this makes people cringe when you start thinking about 401(k)s. >> oh, yeah. >> is this a scare tactic or is there a real chance that your 401(k) could get axed? >> you know what, brooke, it is a possibility that certain benefits of your 401(k) -- of your 401(k) could become that sacrificial lamb as they hash out this deal on the fiscal cliff. this group is spearheading a movement, what they want to do is make everybody aware of the possible implications of going off the cliff. a big part of the fiscal cliff is tax reform. if congress and the president do nothing by the end of the year,
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employees could be in danger of losing some benefits attached to their 401(k)s. we talked with brian graph, with this group, he says the big worry is that congress could reduce how much employees can put into their plans on tax deferred basis. so you look at currently what we can do, workers can put up to $17,000 into their 401(k)s every year. you see that cut all the way down to $10,000. that's a huge difference, brooke. >> is this, you know, i know it is big companies, does this also affect small businesses? >> oh, yes, yes. and exactly, yeah. many small business owners are -- could consider just getting rid of their plans if the costs are to outweigh the benefits that would have a huge impact. employee benefit research institute finds that almost 85% of 401(k)s are offered by businesses that have fewer than 100 employees. so they're small businesses and they're likely to mean that more people are going to be saving less money. here is some proof of that. less than 5% of middle income earners put money into a retirement account on their own.
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if their employee doesn't provide one, compare that to more than 70% who put in these retirement accounts when a company offers one. if there is no incentive to do it, the small businesses may say, forget it, we're not going to offer it, brooke. >> alison kosik, thank you very much. want to get to this here. just in to cnn, a major development out of egypt as the country's president remains under fire. we have talked about this for this recent power grab. now the muslim brotherhood made a huge move.
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it is an all too familiar sight. violent protests on the streets of egypt. nearly two years after an uprising saw the fall of president hosni mubarak, now another call for revolution, this time the target is his successor. it follows president mohamed morsi, granting himself sweeping new powers and among them, a
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temporary ban on any authority questioning or overturning his decisions. that decree leadi ining to the scenes like this one. his supporters and protesters clashing on the streets. next week a court in cairo will attempt to decide whether it is even a constitutional move. reza sayah is live for us in cairo. before we talk about how he's justifying the powers, you're getting new information on a huge move from the muslim brotherhood. reza, are you with me? we're going to work on getting -- >> reporter: brooke, the muslim brotherhood has canceled their 1 million man demonstration. of course it could energize the opposition factions behind us
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with their 1 million man demonstration, but there is absolutely no indication at this point that the muslim brotherhood is losing support. remember, this is a powerful organization, one of the most powerful organizations in the political landscape, in egypt, and at this point, i think many people will look at this at face value, someone sensible in the muslim brotherhood made the decision they have competing demonstrations tomorrow that could be the potential for violence. several days have passed since the decrees and the outcome hasn't been pleasant. was this just a bad miscalculation by the president? >> not at all. it is a good calculation to avoid a revolution. >> how can you say it wasn't a bad outcome when you see what is happening in the streets? >> because we have the counterrevolution activists from
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mubarak who are holding the main -- still in this country. >> reza sayah live for us in cairo. reza, thank you. okay. fire rips through two clothing factories in bangladesh. the dramatic video and terrifying accounts from one woman trapped in one of the fires. ♪
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immediately after the fire broke, we tried to run out, but the door was locked. when the floor became dark because of smoke, the boys rescued me. >> because of the fires, thousands of workers have taken to the streets just protesting the deaths of their colleagues. in toronto, police have recovered millions of dollars in toys, stolen from the salvation army. stolen from this group at christmas time. the good news, there's been an arrest. listen as police explain how many toys were found and who's been nabbed in connection with this crime. >> these search warrants resulted in the recovery of over 150 skids of property, which required three tractor trailers to transport to a secure location. the toronto police service has made an arrest with respect to this investigation. former salvation army executive director mr. david rene, 51 years of age, of toronto, has
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been charged with theft, possession, and breach of trust related offenses. >> yep. police say the guy caught stealing from the salvation army is the former executive director of the charity. he's charged with theft. he's out on bond, to say the least the salvation army fired the guy. it is a thanksgiving day tradition, confetti showering down on the crowds of the macy's thanksgiving day parade. but this year, the little bits of paper were actually shredded up confidential police records. an investigation is under way into how social security numbers, addresses, even the names of undercover detectives ended up falling from the skies as confetti. just into us here at cnn, as we count down the days to the fiscal cliff, we're getting news from the white house, just moments ago. jay carney, spokesperson during the daily briefing here, said that the president has now spoken with the leaders, the republican leaders of the house
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and the senate here, you have senator mitch mcconnell and speaker john boehner, they all spoke with the president, over the weekend by phone, about the fiscal cliff. here's what jay carney said. >> forecast to be done, work is continuing to take place, the president spoke with both senator reid and speaker boehner over the weekend as you noted. he'll continue to have outreach with -- as he promised he would with various stake holders, business leaders and others this week. as well as conversations that are ongoing between his staff and folks on the hill. that will continue. we hope to see progress. >> and meeting with the leaders? >> i don't have any scheduling updates, but you stole my thunder a little bit, but, yeah, he spoke with speaker boehner and senator reid over the weekend and, you know, he will meet with them at the appropriate time as well as obviously nancy pelosi and mitch mcconnell. so, you know, the process that
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he began is continuing. we continue to be optimistic that a balanced approach is achievable. >> again, jay carney there moments ago speaking at the white house daily briefing. and if this fiscal cliff is allowed to happen on january 1, your taxes, my taxes, everybody's taxes go up. and on that point, let's continue. top of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. i want to begin with the fiscal cliff. because other news here, you have republican senator saxby chambliss, a two-term conservative from the red state south, but just this past weekend, the tea party nation website labeled him, i'm quoting, worthless and a liar. what did he say to deserve these words? he said he's willing to break the no tax pledge that he made when he first ran for office. and guess what? now he has company. fellow republican senators lindsey graham and bob corker say that under the right circumstances, they too are willing to break ranks. what is the republican world
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coming to? john avalon, straight to you, cnn contributor, writer for daily beast newsweek. i want to get your reaction to the news we heard from jay carney, we now know the president has spoken by phone over the weekend with boehner and mcconnell. might this be progress? >> yes, it might be progress. that's a good thing. you got to have the three leaders talking civilly, constructively, about a balanced bipartisan plan. that's the only way the country doesn't go over the fiscal cliff. that's in no one's interest. everybody agrees on that. it is really good news that the president is working constructively with the republican leaders in congress, as well as democratic leaders to find the common ground. it exists. we know the broad outlines. but it takes people in a room reasoning together and it is a sign of progress, welcome news for everybody. >> possibly progress. what did you call it? common sense, you know, in your piece, right, that the fact that you had these three guys, potentially willing here, to break this pledge. it is not just a pledge against new taxes, john avalon, or tax
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hikes, it is against any and all new revenue, correct? >> right. that's the problem and that's the point. most folks would agree at home, no congressman should take a pledge except the pledge of allegiance. problem is this straight jacket that has been self-imposed by folks on the republican side of the aisle because of a conservative activist to say that we can't even raise revenue, i mean, the sweet spot in these negotiations, brooke, has always been the distinction between tax rates and tax revenues. republicans will oppose raising tax rates. but some reasonable republicans might agree to raising tax revenue to pay down the deficit and the debt if it is paired by spending cuts and entitlement reform. that's the outline of a grand bargain. everyone knows it. >> grover nor quist says, that breaks ranks with your party, that breaks ranks with my pledge and then, you know, talks about potential consequences when you do that, john, right? it is a primary challenge. you can hear the ads now, bob corker broke his promise. but if these guys are potentially willing to do that, what's different today than, i
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don't know, two years ago. >> what is different is that people don't fear the grover. that's a good thing. start playing your deep purple in the background. there is no reason to fear a self-appointed activist on this front. republicans, democrats in congress are desperately afraid of primary challenges. they should be. we don't have general election -- competitive general elections. the reality is more and more republicans after this election are declaring their independence from the pledge and from activists and saying we got to get serious about the business of governing, in the national interests, and put the special interests aside, on both sides. that's essentially getting the deal done. >> the fact you have two of the top republican senators, flirting to break with grover norquist and consider raising rates on the wealthy, they both face re-election in 2014, saxby chambliss and lindsey graham. i find that interesting. you find that interesting? >> it is interesting. the fact they're from the south as well. georgia, where you're talking from, saxby chambliss, south carolina, lindsey graham, where my folks live.
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that's why these two stands are profiles in courage. bob corker got re-elected to six years. it takes real courage for some folks who are coming up in the next cycle to do this. that's why they call it profiles in courage. it is a tradition we haven't seen a lot. it requires standing up for what you think is right and putting the special interest and the consequences aside. that's why we elect the guys. it is great to see. >> that's what bob corker wrote about in his op-ed in the post. you call this an ironic problem for the republican party. quote, tea party congressmen rose to power on a promise to deal with deficits and debt, putting anti-tax absolutism ahead of that goal may play well with special interests to your point you're making a second ago, but it undercuts the ability to govern in the national interest. so their own pledge here isn't getting in the way of their goals? we talked about how post election republicans need a little soul searching, is this the beginning of that? >> yes, i believe it is. this is so important because we
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can square the circle. the whole tea party movement began as a principled protest against deficits and debt. people saying it was generational theft. the problem is if you start elevating the anti-tax pledge, that anti-tax absolutism, ahead of making a deal on deficit and debt, you're not going to get anywhere. only way you pay it down is if you agree we have to raise revenues. you can make an argument that the tea party movement should get behind a grand bargain, a deficit and debt deal, if they're serious about what they see and what they said was an existential threat to our country. we need to disenthrall ourselves from the extreme voices who choked off reasonable debate in washington. >> don't fear the grover. best quote of the day. john avalon, always a pressure. thank you for coming on. looming fiscal cliff you're hearing so much about is one reason republicans are having a change of heart on this whole no tax pledge. the term fiscal cliff evokes scary imagery, but it is not so much a cliff as it is a set of stairs with the spending cuts
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and tax hikes getting more painful with each and every step. christine romans explains. >> reporter: when you look at the fiscal cliff from far away, it looks like a vertical drop. but get a bit closer and it looks like a staircase, right? let's start with the first stair, the debt ceiling. that's how this all began, remember? the debt ceiling is the total amount the u.s. government can borrow to meet its existing obligations. we hit it at the end of 2012. though default can be avoided into 2013, through what the treasury department terms extraordinary measures. in the summer of 2011, house republicans refused to raise the debt ceiling without an agreement to cut government spending. result was a debacle, a downgrade of u.s. credit for the first time in history and the formation of a committee to solve the problem late and the threat of the fiscal cliff is born. without a new deal on january 1st, tax hikes kick in. that includes the expiration of the so-called bush tax cuts and
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an expansion to the alternative minimum tax or amt for high income earners. americans will start to feel those when the first paychecks of the new year arrive. the third step is called the sequester, which kicks in january 2nd. those cuts amount to $78 billion next year. some companies with government contracts have already pulled back on hiring. some have slowed work. the most americans won't feel the effects of the sequest, the spending cuts, until the middle of next year. layoffs for private secretary and government employees and cutbacks in the services americans rely on. that's the timeline. it doesn't happen all at once, but even if the threat of the fiscal cliff is flirting with disaster, during a fragile economic recovery. >> christine romans, thank you. to infinity and beyond, for a long time. nasa announcing today plans for the longest mission to the international space station, and you'll probably recognize the astronaut going, but the question we're asking is, gosh, being in space that long, what
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it is going to be the longest mission ever to the international space station. you have astronauts scott kelly and russian cosmonaut mikhail
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kornenko. the two picks to blast off in 2015, stay in space for an entire year and not come home until spring of 2016. scott kelly is the identical twin brother of astronaut and space shuttle commander mark kelly, the husband of former arizona congresswoman gabby giffords. let's talk about the big trip to space. leroy chow knows what it is like to live on board the international space station, a veteran of four space missions including the iss. he has spent more than 229 days in space. leroy, nice to see you. i guess 229 will pale in comparison to these guys, 365. what the heck is that like? >> well, a long duration flight is different than a short duration shuttle flight. i was up there for 6 1/2 months during my iss stay. these guys are going to be up there twice as long. i can tell you it is going to be tough. >> you have to elaborate, leroy.
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you say tough, what does that do -- what does it do to your body, physically? do you have a headache coming home? do you have to be really in shape in order to do it? how does it work? >> well, actually, on the iss we exercise two hours a day for exactly that reason. if you didn't exercise up in space during the long duration flight, it is like -- it would be like laying in bed here on the earth. imagin laying in bor the se of sevelmonths, six months, a year, you probably wouldn't be able to get up and even walk. but if you got out of bed and exercised two hours a day, then you probably would be in pretty good shape. if you didn't, your card cardiovascular system would fall out of shape, your bones would start to mineralize, you lose muscle mass. and, you know, also the other thing you can't mitigate through exercise is the radiation effects. some of the other things we're seeing, the vision changes caused -- looks like it is caused by intercranial pressure. other effects we hadn't anticipated also come into play. so it is a tough environment for
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the human body. and these are the biomedical questions that have to be answered and solved, countermeasures developed, before we can talk about sending cruise for a long duration away from the earth, outside of van alan, whether to a steroid, to the moon even or on to mars. >> that's why they're doing this. >> this is part of answering those questions. >> this is anticipation of before we get boots on mars. how do you train to be in space for a year? >> it is something you have to wrap your minds around about, you know, being in space for that long. when i was training for this -- my 6 1/2 month flight, i had flown three shuttle missions prior to that, but i had a long time to think about it. >> do you wish it was you? do you wish you were up there? >> he was training, but we didn't get to fly together.
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but he's a good friend, dear friend and is going to be a great adventure for him. you have a long time to kind of think about it. both of these guys, scott and mikhail have already been through a six month flight and they know what it is like. and so they just kind of have to, you know, kind of get into the mind set of doubling that. >> so -- i'm looking at chad myers, this is our weather man/fellow space geek. i'm going to call him out on this. we were talking earlier about this and he said 365, whatever. that doesn't even break a record. am i right? >> that is correct. 438 is the record. >> you're right. the record was set by polokov. i forget the exact number, but over 400 days he spent in space. continuously. really quite an amazing feat. so the human body can do it as we have seen, i believe there are four russians that have already spent over 1 year on a space mission. this won't be a first in that respect. but it doesn't mean it is easy.
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>> leroy, for the vertically challenged on the set, i hear you get taller the longer you're in space in. >> actually, what happens is even on a short duration mission of two weeks, your spine will relax and you will grow about 1 1/2 inches before. you get too excited, within an hour or so of being back on earth, you're back to your original height. >> a moment in time. >> it is fascinating. ler leroy, thank you very much. and chad myers as well, thank you very much. shoppers spent a record amount on black friday. will the buying blitz spill over into cybermonday? what many think the online shopping day really that it is a dying trend. plus, moments ago, the white house weighing in on what the sales mean for the overall economy. don't miss that. es, any way you want. fully customize it for your trading process -- from thought to trade, on every screen. and all in real time. which makes it just like having your own trading floor,
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israel, a country in the midst of a fragile cease-fire with hamas, and now also its own political upheaval because long time israeli defense minister ehud barak making a surprise announcement, he is quitting. he says he wants to spend more time with his family and make room for new political figures. here he was. >> translator: i feel it is important that other people should take leading positions in
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israel. changes in the positions of power is a good thing. there are many ways to contribute to society and the country, and not necessarily through politics. >> barak says he will see out the rest of his term, staying on as defense minister until a new cabinet is formed next january. barak played a really key role as a key opponent to iran's nuclear program. you may not recognize this name, but joe luis saenz is accused of some pretty horrendous crimes. and now saenz is finally behind bars after eluding arrest since 1998. he's the suspect in four murders, in los angeles, and, in fact, he made it through the fbi's ten most wanted list. he was nabbed thanksgiving day in guadalajara, mexico. that arrest was such a big deal, that a couple of hours ago federal authorities held a news conference. here they were. >> catching a top ten fugitive in the fbi is a big deal. that's something that all of our fbi agents aspire to do, so for the folks back behind me, to
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have the opportunity to be involved in that, is really a big thing and i told them i wanted them to share in this press conference. >> we mentioned the horrendous crimes. one of the crimes he's accused of, kidnapping, raping and murdering his own child's mother. the fbi says she threatened to turn him in for two murders, accused of committing in 1998. the fed says the latest job is a hired gun for the drug cartels. today is supposed to be the heaviest online shopping day of the year. cybermonday. i'm sure you're not taking any bit of your workday to do that, are you? com score projects online retailers will see $1.5 billion in sales before it ends, exceeding last year's figures. all of this is good news for the u.s. economy. >> retail spending is extremely important for the economy. as you mentioned, consumption accounts for 70% of our gross domestic product.
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>> some insiders also say cybermonday is losing its luster since many deals offered today have been available all weekend long. more and more shoppers are going online with their phones or tablets as they shop inside to stores. just into us here to cnn, news on new jersey governor chris christie. paul steinhauser, to you in washington. what's the news? >> the news is he just filed papers, brooke, to seek re-election. today chris christie signed papers, a formality, lets him to set up a campaign structure. most thought he would run for re-election, but wasn't a guarantee. now it is. he's running for re-election. chris christie, very popular person among republicans. and you saw a lot of them in last year as they topped surrogate for mitt romney. his decision was delayed a little bit because of superstorm sandy, even he admit to reporters that because of the
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destruction from sandy to his state, he had to push back thoughts of re-election in politics. but he made that decision. his approval rating -- >> it is huge. >> yeah, his response to sandy helped his approval rating. according to a poll it was good, 56% before the storm, now new poll out today says it is 78%. a lot of that comes from democrats, their approval of him on the rise. >> there he is, pictures in his iconic fleece jacket, pretty funny the other weekend on "snl." paul steinhauser, thank you. a global meeting on climate change under way now. it is getting new attention after speaking of sandy, after the superstorm hit. coming up next, chad myers is back. he'll break down the science here, what we all should be looking for. plus, speaking of sandy, new york mayor michael bloomberg releasing his damage estimates, the number is eye popping. trying to find a better job can be frustrating. so at university of phoenix we're working with a growing list of almost two thousand corporate partners -
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today, scenes playing out just like this one. you see these people racing, smoke, clashes over president mohamed morsi's decision to grant himself sweeping new powers. here's the thing right now. behind closed doors, morsi has met with egypt's top judges to explain this move. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton actually met with him just last week before this happened here. and today the state department said this, let me read it for you. quote, we did not have any forewarning of this decree, including when she was there, she being hillary clinton. let me bring in jill dougherty who is at the state department for us today. and, jill, morsi says the changes are temporary, but is the u.s. worried at all this may be paving the way for another dictatorship in egypt? >> well, there certainly was concern, no question, brooke. one of the concerns that the united states had and the international community also had concerns, but one that the u.s. had was would there be violence, would competing factions, you
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know, take to the streets and there could be physical violence. now, this morning, secretary clinton did call the foreign minister of egypt, mr. amr, and tried to get some clarification. they discussed this not only this political issue of president morsi, but the issue of gaza, where he played a very important role, and that is why secretary clinton was in that region, just last week. but the -- there is concern and let's listen to what the spokesperson for the state department, victoria newland, had to say about it. >> it is a very murky uncertain period in terms of the legal and constitutional underpinnings, which makes it all the more important that the process proceed on the basis of democratic dialogue and consultation. >> so if it is murky, they are watching it very, very closely. in fact, one thing that victoria nuland said, the right people
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are talking to each other. that's good news. they want this to happen, number one, peacefully, and number two, democratically. and, you know, brooke, on another issue that funding the imf, of course, just reached an agreement with egypt on some badly needed funds that they needed, and there is a question also here in the united states, congress, perhaps trying to maybe pull some of the funding that the united states provides. >> i was wondering. we give them quite a bit of money. that could change, could it not, contingent upon whether or not the power grab is deemed to be unconstitutional. >> it could. and that's a very good point, so the state department also is looking at that. you know, they do support -- they did support the imf funding, and they do support congressional funding. if everything turns out democratically. so i think you would have to say as this goes on, if it turns out to be temporary, temporary in the sense that they have to write a constitution. and until that is done, that is what we're calling the
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temporary, but once the constitution is there, the hope is by the united states that it will have protections and not any concentration of power in any one person's hands. >> okay. jill dougherty, thank you very much, in washington for us. another u.n. conference on climate change kicked off today. the host of the conference is qatar. ironic, some say, since fossil fuel emissions are blamed by near consensus for the rise in average temperatures all across the globe. and the ensuing ice melt. plus other ramifications. plus even a late hurricane sandy. >> the pace of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is still accelerating. a brand-new record 2011, not one we want to set, but we now have more parts per million of carbon dioxide in the sphere than we heifer in t ever had in the past. back before we started burning fossil fuels, 280 million papar
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million. t it is like rolling your windows up in the summertime, your car is a lot hotter because the win droez windows are up. they want to know are we at a tipping point. are we at a tipping point where the permafrost melts in canada. are we at a tipping point where all the ice will melt where the polar bears have no place to run except back to land where there might be some ice? we have had sandy, a late season hurricane, don't get me wrong, sandy would have occurred whether there is global warming, carbon dioxide or not. >> i can hear the people thinking, come on that doesn't necessarily have to be caused by that. >> hurricane sandy started south of cuba, south of jamaica, where the waters are warm all the time. sandy was going to be a storm. but when sandy got up to the
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cooler waters, which weren't too cool this year, they were one to two degrees warmer than they should have been, sandy didn't slow down and made a big impact for the northeast. we're now losing trees that at an larming rate in the west because of the pine beetles aren't being killed in the winter because it is not cold enough to freeze them out of the trees. just one thing after another and we're on this roller coaster and we need to -- we need to get off. we do. now we have 7 billion people in the world trying to drive cars or scooters not 3 billion like we had 40, 50 years ago. it is an alarming rate. we know we're doing things. we are really trying. we are recycling, driving better cars, but if we're driving better cars there is twice as many of them, we're not going in the right direction. >> we'll sea what happen see wh the c1 conference. chad, thank you. appreciate it. if you are suspected of a crime, can investigators actually use your cell phone as evidence?
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judges, they're actually all over the map on this one and congress is getting ready to consider changes to a big time privacy act. if you a cell phone you need to watch. sunny hostin on the case. she's next. ♪ ♪ side by side so you get the same coverage, often for less. that's one smart board. what else does it do, reverse gravity? [ laughs ] [ laughs ] [ whooshing ] tell me about it. why am i not going anywhere? you don't believe hard enough.
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remember the days when we actually didn't carry one of these everywhere we went? those days long gone. and now information from these gadgets slowly making their way into the courtroom as evidence. the problem, judges' decisions about the use of cell phone is all over the place. just this week, a senate committee will consider changes to what is called the electronic communications privacy act. basically a bill that regulates how the government can monitor digital communications. sunny hostin on the case with us, and, sunny, look, we have personal things on our phones, be it a photo, a text, you know, i have people's phone numbers. is this information considered private or not? >> i think after let's say the petraeus scandal, right, we can
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all agree that while you may think it is private, people can get to it. so once it is sort of on your phone, once it is out on facebook or twitter, no, it is not really private, but the question is, can it be used in a court of law as evidence against you? and that question just hasn't been answered by the courts, brooke. we're trying, i think the law certainly is trying to catch up with technology, but as you know, technology is sort of speeding past the laws in our country. so i don't know what the answer is. is it private? some courts are saying, yeah, it's private. you need a warrant for that information. other courts are saying, well, no, it is like overhearing a phone conversation. no. there is no expectation of privacy. so with no real federal statute, sort of laying the law of the land and without the supremes having weighed in, i don't think -- >> do you think they will? this has to go to the supreme court, right? >> it has to. it is sort of ripe this question is ripe for the supreme court. i think the take away is what
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you have on your phone is just not private. so you to be very careful because there is such a wealth of information. think about the location feature. use your phone, the cops kind of can find out where you are because of the gps system that we all use with twitter and facebook. your text messages, are they private? they're still on your phone. so we have to be very, very careful until the law has caught up with technology. >> okay. let's talk about this case in georgia, police in georgia, right now, are investigating this confrontation outside this walmart store over the weekend. basically what happened is you have three employees, store employees, they chase this guy down, allegedly stealing, these two dvd players, and in the end, the man died. do you expect charges against the walmart employees? >> you know, we don't know. we have a statement from walmart that is saying, well, we -- this is -- we have company policy about how associates -- walmart associates are supposed to act. they have actually apparently said that the security officer
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involved will no longer be working there, but it is going to depend on how the coroner, what the coroner determines, is this a homicide and it also depends on the police. i got to tell you, in researching this story this is not first time this has happened apparently. in 2010, it happened in cvs, a shoplifter stealing toothpaste and crayens, crayons, brooke, was killed by an employee. so that employee was not charged. it was deemed by the police to have been an accident t happ. it happened in another walmart in california this summer. and that, of course, is still being investigated. and so, you know who knows if charges are going to be brought. but i think we can all agree if you're committing a crime, like shoplifting, certainly you should pay the legal price, but should you pay the ultimate price with your life? i don't think so. >> and then depending on the charge, i guess to your point, we'll see whether or not walmart is held responsible. we'll check back. sunny hostin on the case, thank you very much.
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to this it has a lot of you talking, we'll talk about what happened on stage. stones fans, anywhere, as the rolling stones celebrate 50 years in the music business. plus, memphis finally unveiling its very first inductees for the city's music hall of fame. cue the music here. elvis made the list, of course. we're talking memphis. you might be surprised who else got the nod. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit, something this delicious could only come from nature. now from the maker of splenda sweeteners, discover nectresse. the only 100% natural, no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. the rich, sweet taste of sugar. nothing artificial. ♪ it's all that sweet ever needs to be. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. to provide a better benefits package... oahhh! [ male announcer ] it made a big splash with the employees.
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well. and this man as well -- ♪ got to hold her squeeze her ♪ ♪ never leave her >> i see you dancing in the studio. that's what happens when you hear otis redding singing "try a little tenderness." another one of the myriad of artists credited with putting memphis on the american music map. the memphis music hall of fame induction ceremony, set it take place thursday night. love that. fellow musicians, the rolling stones, proving one of the world's greatest rock bands can still bring it. playing their first concert in five years. ♪ just as you feel so good ♪ >> the stones on the stage at the arena in london last night,
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celebrating their 50th anniversary. kareen wynter is in los angeles to talk to me about this. i peeked at the set list, i was not in london yesterday, but i peeked at the set list. my favorite wild horses, was performed. you had former stones, current stones, how awesome is that? >> such a fantastic time. too bad we weren't there. they performed more than ten, about 23 songs. they were on stage for two and a half hours and absolutely incredible time. the critics, all the reviews we have been hearing, people say they absolutely just killed it. it was just such a great celebration after 50 years. imagine, it was back in 1962 that the stones first performed at a london club. so they have really, really come a long way. they performed your favorites, some of the other hits they performed, start me up, sympathy for the devil and wasn't just keith richards and mick jagger
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but former stones, such as bill wyman and mick taylor. such a fantastic time to see them in action, jamming, playing, joking with the crowd. they joked with the crowd, the audience and the cheap seats asking how are those seats? >> not so cheap, actually. >> we did the math, about 95 to 950 pounds, so if you do the math, well, $152 to $1521. so definitely wasn't a cheap show, but you get what you pay for. you're getting the stones here. >> it is a lifetime show. a lifetime memory. you mick jagger, keith richards. these guys are pushing 70. they don't look like they're slowing down. >> they are performed for more than two hours, absolutely not. they were absolutely magnetic on stage and the fabs really, really agree to that. we had an interview recently with kyle richards and szwed we're not going anywhere just yet. listen to what he had to say. >> who call it quits will be the
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public, not us. when they say we have had enough of you, we'll disappear gracefully. >> keith richards there, how could you mess up the name of the legend, keith richards. they'll be doing more shows, five more shows, three here in the u.s. since we're such huge fans, brooke, who knows, maybe we can put our opinionpennies together ticket. >> i'll be the lighting person if you get to go. thank you so much. something we have never seen before, a spy's top secret tools of the trade, weapons that could kill you in an instant and we have the exclusive pictures. first, on sundays, cnn showcases some of the brightest minds in technology and innovation. here is a preview of this week's episode of "the next list." >> i'm dr. sanjay gupta. this weekend on "the next list," meet max little, a math whiz and innovate we are an surprior wit
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now i want to give you an exclusive look inside an
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assassination plot. it involves pens that poison and dw guns that cannot be detected and you'll hear from the target himself. who was behind it, intelligence officials say north korea. here is cnn's paula hancocks. >> reporter: an assassination attempt foiled. a north korean spy is arrested on the streets of seoul. this was a year ago. and this is the first time south korean intelligence officials are showcasing the weapons exclusively to cnn. how does this work? >> translator: this poison needle was made to look like a pocket ball point pen. there is a tube inside of here. in order to activate it, we have to twist it to the right three to four times and then press the top button like this. >> if you're shot by this pen, what happens to you? >> translator: it would cause muscle paralysis very quickly, which would lead to suffocation
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and death. >> reporter: the second pen shoots a poison-filled bullet which penetrates the skin. the powdered poison is then released. these pens look like they belong in a james bond movie. is it new technology or quite old, quite basic >> translator: these pen weapons are not new. north korean spies have had this technology for about ten years. but this flashlight is new. i've never seen this weapon before. if you look at the front, there are three holes. there was a bullet in each hole and here is the trigger. this is currently loaded and dangerous. two bullets remain. >> reporter: forensic experts fired one bullet to test the gun disguised as a flashlight. it was accurate and deadly and almost impossible to identify as a weapon. when police arrested the would-be assassin, he was carrying all three weapons, none had been fired. this man was his target.
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he's renowned in south korea for sending anti-regime propaganda leaflets across the border in balloons. he was due to meet the would-be assassin who claimed he wanted to fund his activism. south korean intelligence agents stopped him at the last minute. >> translator: i didn't believe they would try and kill me on the crowded streets of seoul. i thought the national intelligence service was overreacting. >> reporter: wehow park the weapons intended to kill him. he hadn't seen them before in such detail and seemed shocked. >> translator: you would notice the gun, but these weapons are so innocuous, you could easily kill someone. i would have been killed easily. >> reporter: park knows he's at the top of the hit list. having seen the weapons intended to kill him, he says he knows there will be more assassination attempts but he will not stop
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his activism. >> not just in the movies, apparently. what happened to the hit man? he was sentenced to four years and to pay $10,000 in fines. the numbers are staggering when you look at the new damage figures coming out from new york city, show the scope of hurricane sandy's devastation. but now let's go to wolf blitzer. this is the first time i have laid eyes op you back here in the u.s. since your terrific, terrific reporting from israel. how are you? >> thank you. it was obviously a big story, glad that i went over there to cover it. i'm also glad to be back here in washington. but that cease-fire, let's see how long it lasts, brooke. i'm hoping it will last, hoping it will jump-start a real resumption of the israeli/palestinian peace process. but am i overly confident, optimistic that's going to happen? i say no.
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there are so many problems over there. you can see what's going on, not only between the israelis and the palestinians but in the region as a whole right now, whether in egypt or in syria or libya or iraq, iran, the whole region is in trouble right now. so we're watching it closely. obviously coming up, we'll have a lot more on that story. but we're also focusing on the other news, including a look at the fiscal cliff, how close are we getting to that fiscal cliff? the number three republican in the house, kevin mccarthy is going to be here in "the situation room." the house majority whip. and also alan krueger, the chairman of the president's council of economic advisers is going to be here as well. we're trying to gauge if there's going to be a deal or no deal and what it means for our viewers. glad you noticed, brooke. >> of course i noticed. i was so proud of you. i was proud of cnn. i thought the coverage was incredible, watching back here in the u.s. but i have to ask, i know you have a daughter and a lovely wife. did you get a chance to have a
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thanksgiving? >> yes, i got back in time for thanksgiving. i flew all night. tel aviv, frank forfurtrankfurt here to d.c. i had turkey and cranberry sauce and all that. here's a question i'm going to ask you, brooke -- a year ago last night, where were you -- >> ding. b.e.t. soul train awards. >> did you watch last night? >> i did not. >> what do you mean you did not? i watched, of course. >> if i'm not going to be at the b.e.t. soul train awards with wolf blitzer on my arm, i'm not going to watch. >> yes, next year. we'll do. i couldn't go this year. >> you were just a little busy. >> yeah, a little busy. but i'm looking forward to the soul train awards next year. >> wolf blitzer, a pleasure talking to you. we'll watch for you at the top of the hour. back after this. back in 1894, they've been committed to putting clients first. helping generations through tough times. good times. never taking a bailout.
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sandy continue to rise. new york governor andrew cuomo made a desperate plea today. >> i know that the taxpayers of new york is not shoulder this burden and i don't think it's fair to ask them to shoulder this burden. this nation has a long history, as you saw in the other supplements, of helping each other at a time of need. this state and this region of the country have always been there to support other regions of the country when they needed help. well, we need help today. >> in addition to the help that's necessary, listen to this, the long island power authority is sending out normal bills to its customers, even when some of them spent the last week or the last three weeks in the dark and the cold. lipa says that customer bills have been estimated, based upon their typical usage for this type of year, and that a revised bill will be sent out next month. here's one bright spot, we'll call it here, from the region,
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